Top 50 Cartoons

Heady days they were growing up as a kid back in the 1970’s.

Back then one of my weekly rituals took place every Saturday morning.

Clad in my flannelette pyjamas if it was winter or my cottons if it was summer, I’d be at the ready by 6am for another multi-channel Saturday morning cartoon marathon.

Going off like a purpose-built fragmentation grenade and sending fun-fuelled whackiness, hilarity and imagination growth hormone flying in every direction, this eyeball-pickling television bender  would last right up until midday. A single bowl of sugary cereal would see me through the entire distance. It was quite the rollercoaster ride.

Looking back, I was raised on this flipped-out, electrifying kookiness long before children’s programming went all educational and the animal nature shows took over. This explains at least a few things. Maybe a lot of things.

So to the list.

If right now you’re thinking all I did was write down every single cartoon from back in that era I could think of, let me take a moment to correct that false notion. This list could easily have topped 100 if that was the object. Cartoons such as Charlie Brown, The Archies, Secret Squirrel, The Porky Pig Show, Loop De Loop and Atom Ant would all have made the cut, which they didn’t.

Yes sireee, getting into this top 50 was no easy task.

Before turning back the hands of time and pulling back the curtain on this collection, mention must be made of the name Hanna Barbera. A sizeable number of the entries on this list bear their name.

Hanna Barbera (named after two MGM studio animation directors William Hanna and Joseph Barbera – both now deceased) was the pre-Pixar American animation studio that dominated television animation for three decades, beginning in 1957. These animators produced a veritable slew of hit cartoons during this time, including The Flintstones, Yogi Bear, The Jetsons, Scooby Doo and Whacky Races (all on the list). They deservedly won seven Academy Awards during this time and have a star on the Hollywood walk of fame.

This is my archive of the 50 best, most memorable cartoons from my wonder years. The list also serves as a dedication to that time and those wonderful memories.

Ready?

Let the winged camels, talking alligators, magical genies, wise-cracking woodpeckers, gun-slinging hounds and forever out-smarted park rangers fly forth.

This is gonna be fun!

 

1

40 Episodes    1966 – 1968

2

230 episodes  1931 – 1969 (Original series)

3.

36 episodes  1967 – 1969

4

18 episodes  1967 – 1969

5

52 episodes   1967 – 1970

6

20 episodes  1967 – 1968

7

68 episodes  1958 – 1961

8

75 episodes   1962 – 1963

9

34 episodes  1968 – 1969

10

25 episodes   1969-1970 (Original series)

11

30 episodes   1961 – 1962

12

36 episodes   1967 – 1968

13

166 episodes    1960 – 1965

14

52 episodes   1962 – 1963

15

100 episodes  1966 – 1967

16

13 episodes   1973

17

16 episodes   1970

18

26 episodes    1960

19

13 episodes  1966

20

26 episodes (without bridge animation)   1970 – 1972

21

45 episodes  1959 – 1962

22

34 episodes  1969 – 1970

23

124 animated shorts   1964 – 1980

24

33 episodes   1961 – 1962

25

36 episodes  1967 – 1968

26

156 episodes   1965

27

34 episodes  1962 – 1963

28

16 episodes   1974

29

13 episodes  1966 (original series)

30

31 episodes   1964 – 1967

31

17 episodes   1970

32

52 episodes  1963 – 1966

33

220 episodes     1960 -1962

34

16 episodes    1973

35

16 episodes  1971

36

26 episodes    1960

37

72 episodes    1956 – 1971

38

13 episodes   1966

39

16 episodes  1972

40

130 episodes   1961 – 1962

41

40 episodes  1967 – 1969

42

26 episodes   1965 – 1967

43

60 episodes  1963 – 1965

44

44 colour episodes (Voiced by Hal Smith)  1967 – 1983

45

38 episodes    1961 – 1970

46

32 episodes   1961

47

52 episodes   1962 – 1963

48

163 episodes   1959 – 1964

49

46 episodes  1967- 1968

50

193 episodes  1963 – 1966

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